The Air Tahiti group

The Air Tahiti group in figures

Air Tahiti is a limited liability company with capital of XPF 2,760,000,000.

Subsidiaries % shareholding in 2018
Air Tahiti 100
Air Archipels 100
SIAT (Air Tahiti's real-estate arm) 100
Bora Bora Navettes 97
Air Tahiti Nui 3.43
Kia Ora Village 4.3

Activities of the group

Air Tahiti, a scheduled air carrier

The main airline in French Polynesia, Air Tahiti today has a network that covers 47 of the country's islands, connecting more than 90% of the population. It provides administrative, school and medical transport between Tahiti and the islands, contributing in this way to the country's regional and economic development. In this context, tourism, which accounts for 30% of Air Tahiti's customers, offers development opportunities in which it plays an active part, through the expansion of the network of islands served and efforts in terms of flight scheduling and pricing.
Air Tahiti also operates flights to Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands.

2018 figures for scheduled air transport
Number of passengers 846 820
of which international tourists 342 194
of which residents 504 626
Number of flight hours 21, 441
Average fill rate 70,4%
Turnover (XPF millions) 15 838
Number of employees at end-December 953


Air Tahiti and ground handling for international stopovers

Air Tahiti provides ground-handling services for international airlines that operate flights to Tahiti-Faa'a Airport. Those services include checking in and boarding passengers and their baggage, embarking catering provisions, cleaning the cabins, handling and managing international cargo...

2018 figures for international ground handling department
Number of landings handled 1,574
Number of scheduled international airlines handled 8
Turnover (XPF millions) 1,561
Number of employees at end-December 181


Air Tahiti and flights on demand

To cater for occasional, specific demand, Air Tahiti also charters its aircraft for the transport of passengers or cargo. For goods transport, some ATRs can be converted into cargo aircraft, whereby the cabin is dismantled and the seats are removed to accommodate the cargo. Air Tahiti aircraft are regularly chartered for the transport of agricultural produce (flowers, potatoes, lychees, etc.) or oysters (imported to the islands from overseas).

Air Tahiti and maintenance

The maintenance of Air Tahiti's aircraft is carried out at the airline's Engineering Centre. The maintenance programme is based on a cycle of 400 flight hours for ATRs. Its expertise is recognised by the manufacturer and the region's other airlines.
Air Tahiti provides indeed occasionally major maintenance work on ATRs for other companies in the Pacific.

Air Archipels

Founded in 1996, Air Archipels is a private airline.
A wholly owned subsidiary of the Air Tahiti group, Air Archipels operates flights for Tahitian organisations and for Air Tahiti, in particular medical evacuations using specially equipped aircraft. It makes 90% of urgent medical evacuations.

The company also offers private custom flights to all destinations in the Polynesian islands that are open to civil air traffic.

It operates three Beechcraft B200 King Air and two Twin Otter DHC6-300 aircraft.

2018 figures for Air Archipels
Number of flight hours 3,050
Turnover (XPF millions) 933
Number of employees at end-December 51


Bora Bora Navettes

Bora Bora Navettes runs the shuttle service across the Bora Bora lagoon between the islet where the airport is located and the village of Vaitape on the main island. It is a 97% subsidiary of Air Tahiti, the commune of Bora Bora being the other partner in the company.

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